The Closet Moderate: Reaping What You Sow

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Reaping What You Sow

President Elect Obama is going to find that pedestal that his rabid supporters on the left placed him upon a difficult place to govern from. In fact, he has already angered many lefties with his cabinet and advisory choices. Hilary Clinton is too old-school Washington politics, Rahm Emanuel is too vicious, Robert Gates works for the loathsome Bush.

And now, his choice of evangelic pastor, Rev. Rick Warren, to deliver the invocationation at his inauguration has outraged gays, liberals, and human rights folks. Rev. Warren is socially conservative and has publicly railed against the usual evangelical targets of abortion and gay marriage. However, he also promotes the "new evangelical" mission. He is not Fred Phelps, or even Jerry Falwell. He supports green environmental measures, works to help those infected with HIV/AIDS, and has several initiatives to improve communities in Africa. Liberals like that kind of stuff, don't they?

It is a good thing then, that it was those at the center who elected Mr. Obama. Because only in reaching out to those who think differently than him will he ever bring about the change that he promised. While it may have been those young people, who formerly felt distant or disenfranchised in the democratic process, that shook their political apathy and rallied behind Mr. Obama, giving him name recognition, cash, and a flood of cheesy YouTube videos, it was those in the political center who ultimately tipped the election in his favor.

The change that many who voted for Mr. Obama sought was not a dramatic one where American becomes a giant free-love hippie commune. The moderates who supported Mr. Obama wanted a change in the way that decisions are made. Many conservatives, such as your humble blogger, voted for Mr. Obama not because of his policies or as a reaction against Mr. Bush's policies, but rather because they wanted to see a man in office who would listen to many different sides.

Yes liberals, Mr. Obama's victory was a victory for you. But he is a man who has said from the beginning that he would invite all to the table, not just cronies and yes-men. That means dealing with people and even honoring people that you may not agree with 100%. Intolerance cuts both ways.

1 comment:

juicepockets said...

The change that many who voted for Mr. Obama sought was not a dramatic one where American becomes a giant free-love hippie commune.

Dang! And I was SO looking forward to forcing Silent Cal to get gay-married and have ten abortions!